How to format your references using the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Warrington, B. (2012). Physics. Two atomic clocks ticking as one. Science (New York, N.Y.), 336(6080), 421–422.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yarger, J. L., & Wolf, G. H. (2004). Chemistry. Polymorphism in liquids. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5697), 820–821.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zaks, B., Liu, R. B., & Sherwin, M. S. (2012). Experimental observation of electron-hole recollisions. Nature, 483(7391), 580–583.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ammal, S. C., Yamataka, H., Aida, M., & Dupuis, M. (2003). Dynamics-driven reaction pathway in an intramolecular rearrangement. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5612), 1555–1557.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Robyns, B., François, B., Delille, G., & Saudemont, C. (2015). Energy Storage in Electric Power Grids. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Michailov, M. (Ed.). (2011). Nanophenomena at Surfaces: Fundamentals of Exotic Condensed Matter Properties (Vol. 47). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Hell, R., & Wirtz, M. (2008). Metabolism of Cysteine in Plants and Phototrophic Bacteria. In R. Hell, C. Dahl, D. Knaff, & T. Leustek (Eds.), Sulfur Metabolism in Phototrophic Organisms (pp. 59–91). Springer Netherlands.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016, July 13). People Have Already Figured Out How To Cheat At Pokémon GO. IFLScience; IFLScience.


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. (1998). District of Columbia Public Schools: Availability of Funds and the Cost of FY 1997 Roof Projects (AIMD-98-82). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
DeHart, W. P. (2008). The leader liminal sphere: A phenomenological inquiry [Doctoral dissertation]. Pepperdine University.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Greenhouse, L. (2017, February 4). Trump v. the Court. New York Times, SR1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Warrington, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Warrington, 2012; Yarger & Wolf, 2004).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Yarger & Wolf, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Zaks et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Ammal et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
AbbreviationJ. Consult. Clin. Psychol.
ISSN (print)0022-006X
ISSN (online)1939-2117
ScopePsychiatry and Mental health
Clinical Psychology

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